First off, clearly they think climate change matters â€“ at least enough to warrantÂ special, month-long coverage.
Also, surelyÂ someone atÂ NPR is familiar with Betteridge’s Law of Headlines:
“Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.”
It would be a bold move on NPR’s part, suggesting climate changeÂ doesn’t matter. But given their overall patchy coverage of the issue, maybe we shouldn’t be tooÂ surprised.
All of that said, the recent rise of the Cavuto mark seems to contradict Betteridge. When Fox News asks questions like “Have the Democrats forgotten the lessons of 9/11?” or “Is the liberal media helping to fuel terror?”, we can assumeÂ they expect their viewers to supply an answer of “yes”. Perhaps that is likewise NPR’s intent.
Either way, phrasing their headline as a questionÂ absolves NPR of being accountable for what theyâ€™re writingÂ and makes the implicit claim that climate change is up for debate.
But it isn’t. So to answer your question, NPR: Yes, climate change matters. It’s possibly the only thing that matters at the moment, actually.